Two rabbit hunting derbies will have put a beagle and other bunny dogs afield in coming weekends.

The Seventh Annual Frank Privitere Memorial International Rabbit Hunting Derby is set for Saturday. New Empire Beagle Club hosts this derby at American Legion Post No. 63 in Lackawanna.

Cash and trophy prizes go to the top three heaviest cottontail rabbits taken anywhere in New York or Ontario. An awards dinner will follow, and derby proceeds will be donated to Kaely’s Kindness Foundation to provide resources for teenage girls living with cancer.

For information, check with Rick Giermata at 602-5017 or email

The Eden-North Collins Gun Club will stage its Fifth Annual Rabbit Hunting Derby Feb. 1 for individual or team entries. Trophies and cash prizes go to the top two heaviest single entries and a third place goes to the entry of the heaviest three rabbits entered. Proceeds go to a youth hunt. For entry details, call Sam Mardino (597-8184) or the club at 337-0308.

Tree program growing

The National Wildlife Federation offers school teachers, community groups and all agencies engaged in youth education free sapling tree stock for planting programs involving youths.

Preferences go to applicants with programs engaging the most children and the event must involve planting of at least 100 trees that propagate in the growing region.

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 21. To review the guidelines and apply for this program, go to

Controlling invaders

The Department of Environmental Conservation has a proposed regulation to prevent invasive species being carried from launch sites around the state. To view the proposal, go to Comments can be submitted until Feb. 24. To submit input by mail, write to: Phil Hulbert, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233.